Fruit trees are cheap, healthy, easy to handle and fun. Ours are grown here in the UK and are covered by our 12-month guarantee. They all have strong root systems so they establish rapidly. We carefully select virus-free rootstocks and budwood (from our stock plants) before grafting, which is highly skilled work and so we are proud of the quality of tree we produce.
Most of our fruit trees are sold in more than one size so you can find something here to fit almost any garden. All are available as one-year-old maidens (a maiden tree is the basic "building block" from which all fruit shapes are produced). You can also find many of our varieties as ready pruned two-year-old fruit trees as well; generally as bushes and (our biggest fruit trees) half-standards which grow to 4.5 metres. Where the variety is suitable we also grow it as a cordon.
All our fruit trees are VAT Free.
When buying fruit trees there are three golden rules. Choose varieties that will grow well in your soil and local conditions (talk to your neighbours). Second, choose rootstocks and shapes where the final size fits the space you have (look at our advice pages). Third, remember that fruit straight from the tree never tastes the same as the irradiated, cold-stored and sanitised stuff sold in supermarkets.
Also, it pays to remember that all fruit trees need pollination and, almost without exception, they carry heavier crops when cross-pollinated by a different but compatible variety. Have a look at our pollination checker if you are unsure.
When it comes planting fruit trees and then growing and maintaining them, the basic principles apply. Plant your fruit trees in well-prepared holes, using a good planting mix, a good stake and a strong tie. Water them regularly and prune with sharp, clean tools to remove dead, diseased, damaged and crossing branches. Practise good hygiene removing leaf litter and fallen fruit and keeping weeds at bay. Protect your fruit trees from pests and diseases. And then eat the fruit.
We always recommend that you plant bare-rooted fruit trees. This should be done between October and March. Simple really, but just in case here are some advice pages to help you. If you prefer the moving image, take a look at our planting and pruning videos.
Online pollination checker for fruit trees | Advice from Ashridge Nurseries
Delivery Sizes & Shapes - Fruit Trees
Planting Video - Fruit Trees